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Hand-warmer: C.2516-1928

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Unidentified Delft factory (Production)


Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with stylized flowers

Pale buff earthenware, tin-glazed, and painted in blue. The hand-warmer or flask is in the shape of a closed book with two clasps. It has a small round hole in the upper left corner of one cover. When the book is stood on end, it has a rectangular aperture in the top edge which extends down to the bottom inside the spine, which has four horizontal ridges its exterior. The covers are painted overall withscattered stylized flowers and foliage, possibly in Oriental style, all rather blurred. The edges of the pages are sponged and on the fore-edge have an inscription in darker blue: M 17: 09 D


History note: Unknown before Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 3 cm
Height: 14.5 cm
Width: 9.8 cm

Relative size of this object

9.8 cm14.5 cm3 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


Production date: dated AD/CE 1709

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt) Part:

Materials used in production

pale buff Earthenware Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production

Slab-building : Pale buff earthenwarte, tin-glazed and painted in blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: four small dots between the letter M and number, between 17 and 09, and beween the number and the letter D

  • Text: M 1709 D
  • Location: On fore-edge
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2516-1928
Primary reference Number: 73631
Old object number: R 1435
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 August 2017 Last processed: Sunday 28 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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